Mayfield ready for challenge of WVU secondary

Sooners' quarterback Baker Mayfield called Mountaineers' pass defense top of the line

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has done a pretty thorough job of picking apart opposing secondaries this season. He is second among FBS players in points responsible for per game, third in total offense, fourth in passing touchdowns per game and seventh in passing yards.

He’s also the first FBS player since at least 2000 with three or more passing touchdowns and at least one rushing touchdown in each of his team’s first three games, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

In other words, he’s had a pretty dominating start to the season.

Mayfield said Monday that he’s ready for the challenge of West Virginia’s defense.

“They’re veterans. They’ve been there for a while. It’s probably the best secondary we’ll see for while,” Mayfield said. “. . . It’ll be good to get out there and get a good matchup for us.”

Through three games, West Virginia (3-0) has allowed more than 155 passing yards in a game just once – shutting down option-heavy Georgia Southern (29 passing yards) in Week 1.

The Mountaineers are rated as the 17th-best pass defense in the nation, tops in the Big 12.

“They have guys in the secondary that are veterans and have been playing for a while,” said Mayfield, who has 1,062 passing yards and 10 touchdowns this season. “We have guys that have been playing for a while and have experience with the teams that have succeeded in the past. It’ll be a good challenge for us, but it’s just another game.”


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